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George

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As Euclid said, the laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. So, maybe the reason I developed an inclination to mathematics is because I was so connected to the earth since my childhood. 

I grew up in the Greek island of Chios, an island renowned for the mastic trees in its southern part and the plethora of products that derive from it. My grandfather is one of the oldest growers in the island and I remember myself assisting him in the cultivation of mastiha. As a child, I was paying close attention on how tenderly he was cutting the tree in order to make it ‘cry’ and collect its tears. From the ‘tears of the mastic trees’ comes the famous mastiha, which is the oldest chewing gum in the world. Then, he made me count his ‘cuts’ to each of his mastic trees and that’s actually my first memory of learning how to count. Since then, mathematics became a game of logic between me and my grandfather, who is still the greatest mathematician I’ve ever met. “There is always logic behind nature” I remember him saying to me “and the only way to become a good mathematician is to observe nature with your eyes wide open”. 

Leaving my beloved island and coming to Athens was a huge change for me. It was so hard for me to live in a city that never sleeps, full of noise and movement. The only thing I could bring with me was my love for numbers. So, I let this passion ‘grew’ inside me, the same way as my grandfather grows his mastic trees. I studied Finance as I knew that this would be the ideal career path for me based on my inherent inclination to mathematics. I miss my island a lot, but at least I am happy that every summer I am going back to Chios to help my grandfather in the mastiha cultivation and...in keeping his accounting books in good shape!

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Tina

Founder

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Andreas

tour Leader

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Katia

travel designer

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Pavlina

tour leader

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Vassia

certified guide

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

tour leader

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antigoni

tour leader

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Josephine

tour leader

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maria

tour leader

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katerina

tour leader

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Elizabeth

tour leader

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Tania

tour leader

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Testimonials

"We went on the LGBT Nightlife Tour and it was incredible! It is always a struggle to find the real LGBT hot spots in a new place and this tour helped us do exactly that. Marlene was incredible."

Jessica G

"Taking the walking and food tour with Alternative Athens was one of the highlights of a 3 day tour of Athens. It was the best introduction to the city and local neighborhoods. We had tastings of wine, cheese, meze, coffee, and chocolate in a variety of local restaurants and stores that we would not have found on our own. At each stop we were treated as VIPs. We highly recommend this tour to people who want to experience life in Athens beyond the tourist spots."

Diane B

"Fantastic Night! We told our guide what kind of drinks we liked and the type of atmosphere that makes us the most comfortable and she did amazing job finding bars to fit us best. If we ever make it back to Greece, I would definitely do this tour again!"

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